Today in Book News: The planned acquisition of Perseus Books Group by Hachette and Ingram has collapsed. The deal, which was announced in June, would have seen Perseus’ publishing imprints go to Hachette and its distribution business go to Ingram. Hachette, currently entangled in a long and very public battle with Amazon, relies heavily on fiction bestsellers. Perseus would have added a strong nonfiction backlist.
Hachette has been embroiled in a dispute with Amazon over ebook pricing for several months. An open letter in support of the publisher, signed by more than 900 authors, is set to run Sunday as a full-page ad in the New York Times.
Also today, journalist Jim Frederick, Jim Frederick, journalist and author of the 2010 book Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death, died last week. He was 42. Black Hearts describes the events surrounding the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family by four U.S. soldiers. Fredrick’s wife told The New York Times that he died of cardiac arrhythmia and arrest.
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